Technology 2001

Technology 2001

The Future of Computing and Communications

By Derek Leebaert

Foreword by Arthur C. Clarke

"A major contribution to the most important American debate of the 1990s—a 'must read.'"Clyde V. Prestowitz, President, Economic Strategy Institute, and author of Trading Places: How We Are Giving Our Future To Japan





"A major contribution to the most important American debate of the 1990s—a 'must read.'"

The computer pioneers and strategic planners writing in Technology 2001 discuss the collection of technologies that could well define the computing and communications environment that lies ahead. From inside the companies and the laboratories that have shaped today's information age, they describe the dramatic possibilities for individuals and institutions as the millennium approaches.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262121507 410 pp. | 5.9 in x 8.9 in


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262620840 410 pp. | 5.9 in x 8.9 in


Arthur C. Clarke.


  • Only MIT and the leading US technology strategists could have drawn such a breathtakingly insightful roadmap to the future of business, politics, and the professions. Nothing so intelligible and thorough exists.

    Jeff Cunard

    Debevoise & Plimpton

  • For an innocent like myself, asking for orientation in a world increasingly organized by DMUs, CD-ROMs, LANs, WANs and other creatures of the computer, Technology 2001 is the indispensable guidebook. The picture it paints for the decade ahead sometimes seems to outdistance science fiction.

    Raymond Vernon

    Dillon Professor of International Business, Harvard University

  • Fascinating. We're all dazzled by advances in computer and telecommunication technology. But we seldom have the opportunity to sit back and think about the implications or where we are headed. Leebaert's marvelous book does that for you.

    Phil Odeen

    Managing Partner, Coopers & Lybrand, Washington D.C.

  • Technology 2001 shows technologists and policymakers the exciting places that computers and communications are taking us. It is a much needed guide as we try to make the proper policy decisions for reaping the benefits of these often bewildering possibilities.

    Senator Al Gore

    Chairman of the Science, Technology, and Space Subcommitte, US Senate

  • The book quite simply plots the course of high tech's pivotal influence on US business. I know of nothing else as useful for both the general reader and the industry specialist.

    Robert Dean

    Senior Vice President and Group Executive, Ball Crop.

  • Denos Gazis of IBM contributes a wonderful no-nonsense chapter called 'Brief Time, Long March.' He charts the course our recent technological past has taken, then assays our current condition for strengths and weaknesses. It is a fact-filled tour of the state of the industry. Other chapters stand out for the same thoroughness.... The writers know their topics and communicate their knowledge with skill... Technology 2001 prepares us for the future by assessing our present condition with depth and accuracy, and by raising the questions that should stay poised on our lips as we hurtle forward.

    Rich Ayre

    PC Magazine